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Sixth Annual Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership

May 15 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; program ends at 1:30 p.m.

L/P credit available

You’re invited to the 2019 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership, featuring panel discussions about the lasting racial and economic impact of Unigov.

Enacted in 1970, Unigov — short for unified government — was a plan to simplify city services, grow the city’s tax base and put a more substantial Indianapolis on the national map.

How did Unigov come about? What was included and left out of the plans? Why do city leaders in St. Louis still look to Indianapolis for inspiration?

Nearly 50 years later, experts will gather at the University of Indianapolis to discuss these questions and more.

Seating is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience.


  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., Unigov 101 Film
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Legacies of Unigov Then and Now: Race and Economics
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Enduring Charm of Consolidation: St. Louis, and its 21st Century Dreams

*A buffet lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.

View the list of guest speakers

Free visitor parking is available on UIndy’s campus in lots 3, 5, 9, 12, 15, 16, 23, 24 and 25.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium on Civic Leadership is hosted by the University of Indianapolis’ Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives, in partnership with Indiana Humanities. It is made possible through the generous support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.


Please contact Ted Frantz at efrantz@uindy.edu.


May 15
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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